Status of legal challenges to Obama health care overhaul

By Amy Goldstein

Twenty-five lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act are working their way through federal courts around the country. The cases contest many aspects of the law beyond the one that has drawn the greatest attention: the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance starting in 2014. Most of the suits still are before district court judges, but a few already have been ruled on and are being appealed to federal circuit courts. Legal experts predict that one or more of these cases eventually will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

» View a glossary of parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are being challenged

* Magistrate judges are appointed by other judges, instead of being nominated by a president and confirmed by the Senate.
SOURCES: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Greg Linch / The Washington Post - Updated Jan. 31, 2011.

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